Patrick Griffin with his sister Betsy and their father, Dennis, after a family intervention – during which Patrick got high, in Pembroke, New Hampshire. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

The first time Patrick Griffin overdosed one afternoon in May, he was still breathing when his father and sister found him on the floor around 1.30pm.(...)

Elephant and Castle in south London: in the 1950s, the area was filled with Irish men working on building sites and Irish women  working in  factories. Photograph:  Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images

Painted on a wall in Southwark’s Central Market is a recipe for potato bread, which carefully explains how much flour and baking powder is needed for(...)

The then US president Bill Clinton with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17th, 2000. The success of the Northern Ireland peace process was one of Clinton’s greatest achievements. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

The journalistic dictum that the more comfortable you make people, the more they will reveal applies to the world of academic historical research t(...)

Ruby Walsh returns to action in France after a fractured arm and dislocated shoulder sustained at Cheltenham. Photograph: Inpho

The world’s top-rated racehorse Treve`might be returning to Group One action in Paris tomorrow but flat matters still have to wait in the wings as (...)